Month: July 2014

Prevention Strategy Summit on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Women & Families

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The Region IX Office of Minority Health, Office on Women’s Health, and Regional Health Equity Council are partnering to support the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) by hosting the “Region IX Prevention Strategy Summit on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Women and Their Families: Healthy Eating, Active Living and Tobacco-Free”.
The Summit will be held on August 2728, 2014 in the Sullivan Conference Center in Honolulu, HI.
The goal of the Summit is to promote the systematic adoption, implementation and evaluation of successful programs, practices and policy changes to advance tobacco-free living, healthy eating and active living in Hawaii. To achieve its goal, the Summit will convene approximately 100 key stakeholders, researchers, advocates, health professionals and academicians who work with Asian Americans (AA), Native Hawaiians (NH) and Pacific Islanders (PI) in Hawaii to share competent emerging and promising policies, model programs, prevention strategies and research which effectively address the selected NPS priorities.  Each participant in the summit will be asked to contribute a description of a promising practice addressing one or more of the risk factors (tobacco use, nutrition or physical activity) that is effective with the AA, NH and/or PI populations. Post-summit, the 100+ promising practices will be compiled and shared with all participants along with the promising practices compiled by Region IX for the WHIAAPI.
Registration is free – go to  – –
Region IX Office on Women’s Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
90 7th Street, Suite 5-100, San Francisco, CA 94103
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American with Disabilities act 24th anniversary

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ADA Anniversary: Including People With Disabilities in Public Health
ADA Anniversary: Including People With Disabilities in Public Health
Join us as we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our newest blog post honors the intent of the ADA as a critical platform of inclusion for people with disabilities. Read more about how to include people with disabilities into mainstream public health:

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HVNP announces August 2014 Hawaiian Cultural Programs

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park August 2014

Hawaiian Cultural Programs

Ken Makuakane
Kaliko Trapp_Beamer
Kaliko Trapp-Beamer
Haunani’s Aloha Expression
Ohe Kapala


Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian cultural programs with the community and visitors in August. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. (There is no After Dark in the Park event for August). Cultural programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:
Haku Mele Hawaiian Songwriting Retreat. Hawaiian music, language, and song experts Kenneth Makuakāne and Kaliko Trapp-Beamer will offer a two-day Hawaiian music songwriting retreat for beginners. Budding songwriters will find inspiration in the wahi kapu (sacred places) in the rainforest, the pāhoehoe fields, and around the summit of Kīlauea volcano. Call (808) 985-6166 to register no later than August 8. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Nā Leo Manu, “Heavenly Voices” performances. Free.
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 16 & 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center

Hula Performance by Haunani’s Aloha Expressions. This popular, award-winning hula hālau is comprised of an all-Hawaiian volunteer group of kāne and wāhine kūpuna (elders) 70 to over 90 years old, singing and dancing hapa-haole mele and hula. They share the aloha spirit with malihini (visitors) on visiting cruise ships, and at the Hilo International Airport. The kūpuna also entertain patients at many of Hilo’s senior kōkua (caring) organizations, and have performed at the park’s annual cultural festival on several occasions. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Nā Leo Manu, “Heavenly Voices” performances. Free.
When: Wednesday, August 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium

‘Ohe Kapala Demonstration. ‘Ohe kapala, or bamboo stamps, were utilized to present many unique designs for traditional Hawaiian kapa. Today, these exceptional designs are being used as patterns on all types of fabric. Join Teana Kahoohanohano as she demonstrates how ‘ohe (bamboo) are carved into beautiful designs and how they are used. There will be samples and a hands-on opportunity to learn about this distinctive art form. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.
When: Wednesday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

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5 Hawai’i National Parks to celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day July 31

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Hawaiian flag at Pu‘ukohola Heiau NHS
Hawaiian flag at Pu‘ukohola Heiau NHS

Five Hawai‘i National Parks
to Celebrate Hawaiian Flag Day July 31

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Five national parks on Hawai‘i Island and Maui will simultaneously commemorate the first national holiday in Hawai‘i, Lā Hae Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Flag Day), on Thursday, July 31. The event is free, but entrance fees apply at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakalā National Park.

Hawai‘i celebrated its first national holiday on July 31, 1843, when the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was restored by Great Britain. Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli, proclaimed, “Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono,” the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. That famous proclamation is perpetuated today as the state motto.

Join the unified commemoration of Lā Hae Hawai‘i on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and Haleakalā National Park from 9 a.m. to noon.

On July 26, 1990, then-Governor John Waihe‘e signed a proclamation making every July 31 Hawaiian Flag Day, and urged Hawai‘i citizens ‘to observe due respect for the flag and the proud tradition for which it stands.’ That same year, Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site started an annual tradition of celebrating Lā Hae Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Flag Day), and is one of three sites in the state where the Hawaiian state flag is permitted to fly independent of the American flag. (The other locations are ‘Iolani Palace and the Royal Mausoleum, both on O‘ahu). Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park also began commemorating Lā Hae Hawai‘i in 2010.

The Lā Hae Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Flag Day) ceremony schedule at the Hawai‘i national parks is as follows:

9 a.m.: Participate in pū ‘ohe (bamboo trumpet) demonstrations at the Hawai‘i Island parks.

10 a.m.: Presentations and Q&A by guest speakers about the history of Lā Hae Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i Pono‘ī, Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono, and ‘aha ‘āina, the first lū‘au.

Noon: Honor the 1816 flag of Kamehameha I.


OLA: 7th Annual Language Access Conference and Cultural Competence Training

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Theme: ‘Ike ‘Āina – Language Access and Cultural Literacy
August 6-8, 2014

August 6, Wednesday (Pikake Room, Neal S. Blaisdell Center)

Emcee: Jennifer Rose, Esq., Office of Gender Equity, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
7:30 – 8:30 Registration: Neal S. Blaisdell Center Galleria

8:30 – 8:35 Opening Oli
Palakiko Yagodich, Assistant Professor, Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaiʻi

8:35 – 8:40 Opening Remarks
Dr. Serafin Colmenares Jr., Executive Director, Office of Language Access

8:40 – 8:50 Message
Office of the Mayor, City & County of Honolulu

8:50 – 9:05 Message
Office of the Governor, State of Hawaiʻi

9:05 – 9:45 Opening Keynote: Why is Cultural Literacy Important to Language Access?
Justice Sabrina McKenna, Associate Justice, Hawaiʻi Supreme Court

9:45 – 10:25 Special Keynote: Language Access, Cultural Literacy and Canada’s First Nations
Dr. Evan Adams, Deputy Provincial Health Officer for Aboriginal Health, Ministry of Health, British Columbia

10:25 – 10:40 Break

10:40 – 11:20 Cultural Awareness, Cultural Sensitivity, and Cultural Competency: The Tools for Overcoming Barriers and Building Bridges to Effective Language Access
Ira Sen Gupta, Executive Director, Cross Cultural Health Care Program, Seattle, Washington

11:20 – 12:00 ‘Ike ‘Āina – Culturally Based Indigenous Literacy
Dr. Noelani Iokepa-Guerrero, Associate Professor, College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch Break
Hawaii’s Language Roadmap Initiative: An Update
Dr. Dina Yoshimi, Director, Hawaiʻi Language Roadmap Initiative

1:15 – 2:30 Filipino Culture from the Perspective of Three Philippine Languages
Panelists: Dr. Raymund Liongson, Associate Professor, Leeward Community College, University of Hawaiʻi; Dr. Virgie Chattergy, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Dr. Ruth Mabanglo, Professor, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 4:00 Understanding East-Asian Cultures
Panelists: Dr. Cynthia Ning, Associate Director, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Dr. William Wayne Farris, Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Dr. Gary Yong Gi Pak, Professor, Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

8:30 – 4:30 Exhibits: Neal S. Blaisdell Center Galleria

August 7, Thursday (Pikake Room, Neal S. Blaisdell Center)

Emcee: Gerald Ohta, Affirmative Action Officer, Department of Health, State of Hawaiʻi
7:30 – 8:00 Registration: Neal S. Blaisdell Center Galleria

8:00 – 9:00 Latino Cultural Traditions and Linguistic Barriers
Panelists: Patricia Harpstrite, Spanish Interpreter; Sue Haglund, Ph.D. Student, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Clare Hanusz, Esq. at Damon Key Leong Kupchak and Hastert

9:00 – 9:40 Linguistic and Cultural Nuances Among the Peoples of Mainland Southeast Asia Betty Brow, Executive Vice President, International Banking Division, Bank of Hawaiʻi; Aphirak Bamrungruan, Esq., LEP Project Coordinator, Department of Human Services, State of Hawaiʻi

9:40 – 9:55 Break

9:55 – 11:10 Language Access and Cultural Literacy among Pacific Islanders
Panelists: Dr. Lori Phillips, Director, Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning; Emily Lam, Senior Specialist, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning; Dr. Neal Palafox, Professor, John Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

11:10 – 12:15 Language, Literacy and Cultural Challenges among ELL in Schools
Panelists: Shari Dela Cuadra-Larsen, Esq., Acting Director, Special Projects Office, Department of Education, State of Hawaiʻi; Dr. Christine Brigid Malsbary, Visiting Professor of Education at Vassar College

12:15 – 1:20 Lunch Break
The Mangrobang Case
Paul Alston, Esq., at Alston Hunt Floyd and Ing

1:20 – 2:00 Understanding Deaf Culture
Darlene Ewan, Hawaiʻi School for the Deaf; ASL Instructor, Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaii

2:00 – 3:00 Cultural Traditions and Linguistic Barriers: Insights from Social Service Providers in Hawaiʻi
Panelists: Terrina Wong, Deputy Director, Pacific Gateway Center; Melba Bantay, Program Director, Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi; Dominic Inocelda, Clinical Administrator, Susannah Wesley Community Center

3:00 – 3:40 Closing Keynote: Literacy in Health Care: Integrating Literacy, Language and Culture to Improve Quality of and Access to Care for Diverse Populations
Dr. Dennis Andrulis, Senior Research Scientist, Texas Institute of Health, and Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Texas at Austin

3:40 – 3:50 Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks
Jennifer Li Dotson, Conference Chair; President & CEO, Network Enterprises, Inc.

3:50 – 4:00 Closing Pule
Palakiko Yagodich, Assistant Professor, Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawaiʻi

8:30 – 3:00 Exhibits: Neal S. Blaisdell Center Galleria
August 8, Friday (CR2, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa)

7:30 – 8:00 Registration

8:00 – 4:00 Workshop on Cultural Competency –
Closing the Gap: From Cultural Bump to Cultural Congruence
Ira Sen Gupta, Executive Director, Cross Cultural Health Care Program, Seattle, Washington

Harry Kim on Leadership and What it Takes to be a Successful Leader – from Hawaii Business

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Nainoa Thompson and Harry Kim on What it Takes to be a Successful Leader

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Harry Kim on Leadership

Harry Kim, the former two-term mayor and director of Civil Defense for Hawaii Island, is a child of Korean immigrants. One of nine children, he grew up poor, in a one-bedroom home outside Hilo. In this interview, Kim draws on his experiences to describe the ideal role of political leaders in Hawaii.

Hawaii Business: What do you think are the biggest issues facing political leaders today?

Harry Kim: I come from a different time. I know values are different now, but I come from a time of so much pride in Hawaii’s government. When I went to college, I wrote several papers about Hawaii. I wrote about Hawaii’s education system, about government trying to make it where people could truly go to school for free, or almost free. I wrote about the percentage of people who voted. They used to say that 70 percent plus voted. As I a told a group last week, we should all be very scared that now we lead the nation, almost, with our small turnout of 40 percent and less. What does it all come down to? It comes down to your subject: the type of leadership we have today.

If you ask people why don’t they vote, one thing that’s constant is the loss of hope. Several years ago, there was a conference on Oahu about government, and when the guy I sent there got back, I asked him, “What was it all about?” He said, “There was one thing that I knew you would be interested in.” They had about 10 or 11 students who attended, and they asked them: “How many of you, after you graduate from college, envision yourselves living and working in Hawaii?” He was shocked that not one of them raised their hand. So, they asked the question, “Why?” The common factor was, “What is there in Hawaii for us? We can’t afford to live in Hawaii.”

It’s about lifestyle. I just came back from Oahu where I met with some people about Kakaako, but it could just as well have been about Puna, or elsewhere. This is not about geothermal, it’s not about GMO, it’s not about the high-rises. It’s about not being able to have the lifestyle of the old days that you could dream about, because it was attainable through hard work.

HB: What qualities does a leader need today to deal with those issues?

Kim: If this was asked of me many years ago, I could have answered that rather easily, in the sense of leadership is something you earn – I don’t care how small the organization. If you played sports, you know a guy is not appointed captain or leader of the team just because his or her parents have money, or because they’ve been on the team for four years or whatever. It’s something an individual earns.

Think of Nelson Mandela. It’s quite obvious, from what he said, he didn’t want to become president; but, because of what he’d done, what he’d been through, they wanted and needed for him to be their leader.

If you asked me today, “Is there a common denominator for leaders?” – I hate to be so crude as to say it’s about influence and the personal drive to become one, but that’s the one common denominator I see in our leaders today. This is something they really want. And I’ve always questioned people: “Why do you want to be a leader?”

HB:  Are there local examples of people who’ve gone beyond this crude lust for power and really made bold leadership decisions?

Kim: I’m a nisei. My parents came here from Korea. I believe in this country so much, I’ve been called a flag-waver, and I don’t care. But those were the days of huge pride in our leadership. Senator Akaka and Senator Inouye, if he were still alive, would tell you that, when I was mayor, they gave me the privilege of calling their private number if I wanted to talk to them, if anything bothered me. In the eight years I was mayor, I only called them once. That was before we went to Iraq, and I told them my strongest feelings about this country starting a war.

In 2003, when the Kahuku Ranch area was added to the Volcanoes National Park, there was a ceremony. Inouye was there. Akaka’s representative was there. Rep. Ed Case was there. And I was one of the speakers. The crowd was huge. There were more than 700 people there, and I told them, “I want you to know that, in the whole Congress of the United States of America, our Congressional delegation from Hawaii was the only one that voted as a whole against going to war. I want you to know that, because I’ve very proud of that.” It was not about the going to war, but why are we going to war.

HB: Where does the next generation of leaders – the next Daniel Inouye or Daniel Akaka – come from? Is it the responsibility of leaders like you to mentor them?

Kim: It’s ironic you ask that, because we all have our perception of what our job is. I did not, at the time, think I should mentor anyone. I was asked, “Aren’t you going to try to groom who you want to continue your legacy?” and I said no. Because I really didn’t think it was right for the mayor, or anyone in a position of authority, to groom someone for the public and say, “This is your next leader.” So I purposely did not do it. Do I regret it? Yes, I do regret it. Now, I feel that, yes, it is your responsibility. There are ways to do it without being blatant about it, but I went the opposite way and did not do it at all. I felt it was not right.

Just as the president of the United States should not use his position to say to the people, “This is your next president, and I’m going to do everything I can to make him become the next president.” You can emphasize the qualities of that person, but not be so overt about it. But I didn’t even do that, and I regret that. I’ve quietly encouraged people to participate, to be involved. I told several people, “You should stay in government. You should continue working for the community. You’re good for the community.” But not, “You should run for mayor.”

HB: One issue you’ve focused on, even after leaving as mayor, is the development at Kohanaiki in Kona, where the developer recently deeded 108 waterfront acres for a park. How did you lead that effort?

Kim:  This area was really controversial, and I appealed to Bill McMorrow, CEO of the company doing the development. I said, “Help me make this a better community, not just a place to make money.” I said, “By doing that, you’ll make more money.”

This is what I told every developer who came to this island. Developers like Bill McMorrow, they’re very wealthy people. And every one of them will tell you, they’re my captive audience. If it was a developer looking to build a big resort, I’d tell them, “I want you to take a ride with me. We’re going to go down Kawaihae Road and we’re going to turn left on Queen Kaahumanu Highway. It’s about 30 miles from there to Kona, and, on the way down, I want you to look just on the right side of the highway. What you will see for 30 miles is vast openness and a few resorts. But there’s only about five places in those 30 miles where there’s a sign that says, ‘Welcome. This is your place.’ Remember, if you were Hawaiian, there was a time when you could go anywhere. Now, in 30 miles, there are only four or five places. The rest have huge signs that say, ‘Not for you; this is only for the rich.’ There’s a law that says they have to have public access, but that’s the only reason there’s any access. Just imagine this is your place of birth.”

“Now,” I say, “we’re going to turn around and head back toward Kawaihae Road and we’re going to look mauka. What are you going to see? You see Mauna Kea with its big domes. That’s another place that says, ‘This is not for you. This is for scientists. This is for the state government. You cannot come up here unless we give you permission.’ ” I say, “This is what I want you to feel when you think about development. I know you’ve got to make money. But, in the process, help me make this a better place to live.” This is what I told Bill.

If you saw what he did at Kohanaiki, you would go shake his hand. I’ve told people on Oahu this is a template for all developers to follow. That’s what I’d tell all businessmen. You cannot have a community that’s not happy with where they live and struggles day to day. That’s why I ask developers, “Help me make this a better place to live.” Whether they do that by giving up more income, or whether they do it by changing their development plans, or whatever. This is your moral responsibility. You know what will happen if you don’t. All you have to do is look at places like Maui and Oahu.

HB: Before you were mayor, you led Civil Defense during a particularly difficult time. How did that affect your approach to leadership?

Kim: In 1990, we had an eruption of Kilauea and Puu Oo, which is still going on today. Over many months and years, it inundated one of the most beautiful places on God’s green Earth: Kaimu, Kalapana, Queen’s Bath, that whole area. I tell people, this was one of the last remaining areas with a true Hawaiian lifestyle, where the people were born and raised there, and they have family graves there. And where you can sit with them and they can tell you who planted that coconut tree or this and that. But the lava kept coming. We lost over 200 homes, family graves, community graves. It was the loss of a lifestyle.

At Civil Defense, I had the unfortunate job of telling people when they had 24 hours before the lava reached their home, so they should take what belongings they wanted and leave. One time, there was this beautiful Hawaiian family that had three or four homes in a sort of valley there, and we were all watching the lava approach, and the old man came up to me and said, “Harry, I can ask you one favor? This is our home, our land. The life we had here is going to be covered by lava. We don’t want spectators, gawkers taking pictures. Can you leave us alone with our memories of this time here?” So I asked the spectators, and there were hundreds of them, to leave. Graciously, they all left.

So, I was standing with there with this family, and I told them, “I do not know what to tell you. I can only imagine a small part of the pain you must be feeling to be losing this, to see this happen.” And this old man, he looks at me and says, “Harry, don’t feel bad.”

I said, “I feel very, very bad that there’s nothing we can do. When you move from here, we don’t have any kind of program to buy you anything.”

“No,” he says, “don’t feel bad about Pele taking this. We’d rather have Pele take it than the way it was taken a long time ago.”

I said, “I don’t understand what you’re talking about.”

He said, “You know when you came down Highway 130, Harry? You saw the big utility poles and the nice road from mauka down? When they built that, the only people living here was us.” That was in the late 1960s, early 1970s, when the whole place – Kau, Puna – was chopped up like a piece of pie by all the money-grabbers. The old man said, “Nice, big road, Harry! And guess what? They bring these big pipes for the waterlines! We never had water all our lives.” And he says, “You know why, Harry?”

I tell him, “Yeah, this place was going to be rezoned resort.”

And he says, “It was rezoned. And it was our home, Harry. They never ask us. Did they ever think that maybe we want water? No, no, no. They didn’t ever think about us. But when they think they can make big money, all of sudden they bulldoze this and that.”

And the whole family burst out laughing. In the agony of what’s happening – you could smell the smell, feel the heat, see the lava, trees bursting into flames in front of their homes – but they’re laughing.

He said, “You remember 1975, Harry? The earthquake? This whole area wen’ sink. Pele will show them.” He said, “You know Keiki Pond, Harry? That’s where my children learn swim. You guys in government” – I know he didn’t mean me – “You go build a nice park there with a cesspool. Where you think the toilet stuff goin’ go? We no can swim there no more. Did you guys ask us? No. That’s all right: Let Pele take ’em.”

There was another Hawaiian family that lived in a beautiful place out there. The police called me up one day and told me, “Harry, they’re refusing to move. You can see the lava coming and they don’t have much time!”

I drove my car down there and walked into the house. There was an old man and his son – let’s say he’s in his 40s – with his wife and two children. I look at this small, well-kept house. Nice yard with coconut trees, big ulu tree, typical. But nothing is packed. I can smell and see and feel the lava coming, less than 100 yards away. And I tell the son, “You’re going to lose this place. At least try to save those things that are precious to you. You haven’t packed anything. I came and told you guys a week ago. I gave you notice three days ago that you had 72 hours. I came yesterday and said you have 24 hours.” That’s what we did with every house.

But he goes, “Harry, I cannot. Daddy said if I start to pack and get ready, that’s showing no faith in Pele. Daddy said, ‘Nobody touches anything.’ ”

I went out to where the old man was standing by the stone wall, watching the lava, and I told him, “You’re jeopardizing the lives of your whole family. This lava is in a fluid state. It’s going to run down, hit this wall, then run through your house.”

And he said, “No, Harry. I’ve been very good in the protection of this land, in carrying out Pele’s wishes, making this a better place for my family. Pele will take care of me.”

Strong, their belief, right? He forbids his family from packing because it would show disrespect. I knew I could not convince him to do it. So I told him, “When that lava hits that wall, you’re going to have to leave. If you don’t leave voluntarily, then you and your family will be carried out.”

While I’m talking to him, I’m putting my hand on his shoulder, because I know his warmth and his belief in what he’s saying. There’s no malice toward anything. How can you feel anything but respect and affection for a family like that? So, I walked over to the police and the firemen and public works guys and told them, “When you see me raise my hand and put my hand down, each of you are assigned, two to
a person, to carry them out of here. I don’t care what, we will not jeopardize their lives.” When the lava hit the wall, I gave the signal, and the police went in and escorted each of them away.

HB: That must have been heart wrenching.

Kim: It’s the kind of thing that changes you as a leader, makes you a different person. What is the role of government? How can we not care for people? So, I use this term “care” a lot. Again, it’s not about Kakaako. It’s not about the resorts in Maui, or about the windmills, or about geothermal, or GMO, or government not being an extension of the people. It’s caring about people’s lifestyle. They’re fighting for their lifestyle. Sometimes the issue is GMO; sometimes the issue is geothermal; sometimes the issue is wind farms; sometimes the issue is Kakaako and high-density. But that’s only the issue. What’s underneath that, I believe, is that we don’t care about people’s lifestyle. When was the last time you heard a politician say, “We must protect the lifestyle of the people?” That’s what I learned in Kalapana. It was the beauty of the place, the simplicity of their lives, the love of the ocean, the love of family, the respect of the spiritual world. But the government didn’t really care.

HB: Does the nature of leadership change during times of crisis?

Kim: No. Sometimes things seem rosy, but, for individuals, there are always crises. You know that. But if you make a decision based on caring, care that you do things that are right by law – you’ve got to care about the law – people’s rights or beliefs, you’ve got to care for that. So, I don’t use the word “care” for the individual. I’m really talking about the kind of person you are.

HB: Do you think that people who care, and have the ability to lead, have an obligation to lead?

Kim: I think it is your obligation. I’ll play some semantic games here, but it’s important. Somebody recently told me: “Because of what these people are pushing, Harry, are you going to go testify?” They said, “Harry, it’s your moral obligation to stand up for us.” Those words really hit me. He didn’t say, “It’s your responsibility.” He said, “It’s your moral obligation.” If you know this and you don’t stand up, that’s a moral issue. I feel changing the words like that makes it clear: Leadership is about people trusting and following; if you don’t have that, you’re not the leader anyway. But if you have that trust, and people believe in you to make those changes, then I believe you have a moral obligation to step forward. Especially if there’s a situation where you know you can make things better.

HB: What do people who aren’t leaders misunderstand about the nature of leadership?

Kim: I think, if you explain it to them, they’ll easily understand what it takes to do the job, that it is 100 percent of your being. It’s absolutely not an 8 to 4 job; it’s a 12 to 12 job. The last thought on your mind (at night?), generally speaking, will be related to the job. When you have that kind of commitment, a lot of things go on the side, with regards to your personal life, whether it be family or other things.

I also don’t think a lot of people – and this is so common – understand management. Forget the title – governor, president, mayor, councilman, whatever – the job of a leader is an issue of management. That’s what you’re doing.

When I was doing my graduate work in management, I had this professor who went up to the blackboard – in those days it was blackboards, nothing fancy – and with his back to the class, he drew lots of individual squares that filled up the blackboard. In the middle of all the squares was a small circle, and way off in the corner, he darkens one of the individual squares. We were all wondering, “Has this guy flipped?” But he turned around and said, “Would any of you like to tell me what is the relationship of this drawing to the job of management?” There were all kinds of remarks, but I was too smart to show how stupid I was, so I didn’t say anything.

He said, “You guys are all going to go into management, whether it be in business or government or whatever. Management is where you’re responsible for different tasks and different people, whether it’s one task and one person or a thousand tasks and a thousand people. Each of these squares represents a task or an individual or a division or whatever. The reason I made each square separate is to illustrate to you that each cell is different; they’re separate. Otherwise, I would just have drawn them all connected. The circle is you, the manager. And you know what the black square is? Your job is to know how that square connects to every other square. If you want to be a good manager, you don’t have to know specifically what each square does, but you better know damned well how they’re all connected. And your job is to communicate that to the other squares. Now, how many of you still want to be a manager?”

(These interviews were edited for clarity and conciseness.)


HawCC announces Nurses’ Aide Course

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Nurses’ Aide flyer for Fall 2014-1(1)-1

Please click on above link for PDF File of flier

Details of Flier contents below:

Nurses’ Aide Course (8 credits)
Fall 2014

Enrollment limited to the first 10 qualified students!
Must apply by July 15, 2014!

August 25 – December 19, 2014
Classroom Day: Friday
Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Laboratory and Clinical Days: Tuesday and Wednesday
Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: PB-7, Rm. 104


1) Apply online at: Deadline to apply for course is July 15, 2014

2) Complete and submit the UH Application Form (select “Unclassified” as your major) and your MMR clearance documents to: Hawai‘i Community College, Admissions Office,
200 W Kawili St., Hilo, HI 96720.

3) If your application is complete, you will receive an acceptance letter from Hawai’i Community College with your UH Student ID Number.


1) Submit a copy of your Basic Life Support/CPR Certificate by mail or fax to:
May Kealoha, RN, PhD
Hawai‘i Community College
Nursing & Allied Health Division
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Fax No.: (808) 974-7778

2) Take the Compass Reading Placement Exam and score 50 or higher. Using your UH ID
Number, call the Hale Kea Testing Center at 934-2540 to make an appointment. (Students who have already completed ENG 20R or higher do not need to take the Compass).
Please be advised that you do not have to attend the College’s New Student Orientation and
acceptance into Hawai’i Community College does not mean you are registered.


1) To register for the course, call 934-2720 to make an appointment with Counselor Kenoa Dela Cruz.

2) You will be given information about additional health documents and the criminal background check and drug screening procedure after your application is complete.

Please call the Nursing & Allied Health Division Office at 934-2650 if you have any questions.

Public Meeting on HHSC Services and Care slated July 19

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Public Meeting on HHSC Services and Care

in the East Hawaii Region


Saturday, July 19 at 2:00 PM

Ka’u Hospital

1 Kamani Streetin Pahala


The East Hawaii Regional Board of Directors for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation ( HHSC ) is holding its annual public meeting on Saturday, July 19 at 2:00 pm at Ka’u Hospital, located at 1 Kamani Street in Pahala. Island residents are invited to attend this meeting, which will be specific to Ka’u and its surrounding community.

An overview of services offered at Ka’u Hospital and its rural health clinic will be presented prior to opening up the floor for comments and suggestions on the provision of healthcare for the residents of East Hawaii .

“We are seeking community input and assistance to develop plans in order to improve healthcare in East Hawaii ,” said Gary Yoshiyama , Chair of the East Hawaii Regional Board of HHSC . “With our anticipated healthcare reform changes, it is critical that we have dialogue with all stakeholders.”

The East Hawaii Regional Board of Directors was created by the Hawaii State legislature under Act 290 in 2007. HHSC facilities in the East Hawaii Region include Hilo Medical Center , Ka’u Hospital, Hale Ho’ola Hamakua in Honoka’a and the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home.  Altogether, the four facilities combine for a total of 468 beds and over 1,250 employees and 250 physicians.

For more information, call Terry Larson, Administration Secretary at 932-3103.


Tai Chi for Fall Prevention workshop on tap – July 12-13

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For immediate release:

A  Tai Chi for Fall Prevention workshop will be scheduled on July 12-13 in Kona at the Kona Community Hospital.

States Dr. Myrtle Miyamura, “As we get older, preventing falls becomes so important to maintain our independence and quality of life.”

If you or anyone you know have enjoyed our demos/participation activities in the past and can benefit from learning –or sharing with others–this no-impact movement, please help us to build our Happy Tai Chi ohana here on the Big Island by registering for and attending this workshop.
Contact Dr. Myrtle Miyamura or contact Ileina Ferrier (Master Trainer and facilitator for this workshop) for more information.  Professional health care workers may be eligible for full scholarships to attend this workshop (contact Ileina for more details.)